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Cab Styles:

There are three cab styles for the Ford F150. A Regular cab, SuperCab (extended cab) and SuperCrew (crew cab).

  • Regular cab: This is the standard 2 door more. 2004-2008 models have 2 mini doors behind the regular doors for improved storage access, which was replaced in 2009 by simply using larger front doors on regular cabs.
  • SuperCab: At one time was able in 2 door and 3 door models. Now, the SuperCab comes with 4 doors, two regular door and 2 reverse doors.
  • SuperCrew: Introduced in 2001 and has 4 full-size doors.


Bed Styles:

The F150 has 2 bed styles; the Styleside and the Flareside

  • Styleside: The fender wells are inside of the bed. This is the standard type and by far the most common.
  • Flareside: Sometimes referred to as a “step side” bed, where the fender wells are on the outside of the bed.


Bed Sizes:

The F150 has three bed sizes in two different designs.

  • 8' Bed Styleside: This bed size is known as the long bed or long cargo box. It is generally found on regular cab models, but is also available for SuperCab trucks.
  • 6'6" Bed Styleside: This is the most popular bed size and is available on most F150 trucks. The Styleside bed is considered the standard truck bed.
  • 6'6" Bed Flareside: This is available on a limited number of SuperCab and regular cab F150s. Remember, this bed style has fender wells on the outside of the bed, which gives it a sporty look.
  • 5'6" Bed Styleside: This bed size first entered the market in 2001 on the SuperCrew model. It is a Styleside design and is commonly found on SuperCrew models. Since the SuperCrew cab is bigger, a smaller truck bed was used to keep the F150 more maneuverable for everyday driving.


F150 History

For the better part of the last 50 years, the Ford F150 has been the best-selling truck and vehicle on the market. It first hit the show rooms in 1975. Through the 1970s and 1980s, each new generation of F150s brought a new level to the table from a larger body to improved aerodynamics and better fuel efficiency. It was at this time, in the late 80s, that Ford also added its iconic blue oval logo and became the first truck to include anti-lock brakes. By the 90’s, the truck had been redesigned to be comfortable and more functional. For 1997, the all-new Ford F150 included more leg room, more ergonomic seating among other upgrades. This meant that for the first time a truck was more than a tool. It also functioned as an everyday vehicle that you could take your family on vacation in. It was, of course, no surprise when it won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year Award (1997). Since then the truck has seen significant re-designs that continued to improve performance, durability, and efficiency.

2015+ Ford F150

The year of 2015 brought a totally redesign to improve fuel efficiency, power, and safety. The first major change was the F150’s new type of frame: the reinforced steel frame with aluminum panels. This helped the beloved F150 shed around 700 pounds in order to increase fuel efficiency and improve safety ratings. The results spoke for themselves with a NHTSA 5-star safety rating, best-in-class towing, and an EPA estimated 19 mpg in-city and 22 mpg on highway.

As part of all three of these aspects come from Ford’s decision to switch from steel to high-strength aluminum bodies for 2015. This makes it the first truck to have a high-strength steel frame paired with a light, yet durable, corrosion-resistant aluminum body. This led to it receiving a five-star crash test rating from the US government for all sides, cabs, and configurations of this vehicle. Acting as another bonus, the aluminum alloy will never rust. All of these features mashed together culminate into one mighty fine truck.

Looking into the future, Ford continues to innovate and impress. Beginning of fall 2016 Ford is releasing its next-generation 2017 Ford F150 Raptor. Continuing with the military-grade aluminum alloy body and bed, the 2017 F150 Raptor weighs 500 pounds less than its 2014 version and is better capable for maneuvering both on and off-road. This is thanks to updated Fox racing shocks and a new standard torque-on-demand transfer case. Plus, it comes standard with a Terrain Management System so drivers can alter driving dynamics based on environmental conditions. Of course, some features such as the edgy look have remained very similar to previous models. These include elements such as its signature front grille, dual exhaust, and trademark fenders.

Available engines

  • 2.7L EcoBoost V6
  • 3.5L V6
  • 3.5L EcoBoost V6
  • 5.0L V8

Within minutes of the final 2014 model leaving the assembly line, Ford began rebuilding their iconic Dearborn plant in preparation for the next generation.

2009 - 2014 Ford F150

Ford continued their dominance in the light truck market with the refreshed 2009 F150 despite increasing competition coming from Japanese manufacturers. While much of the mechanical basics were carried over from the previous generation, the enhancements were more than aesthetic.
Ford's innovative SYNC system was finally available in the F150. By far, the best way to discover lame music in your friend's vehicle and emasculate him for it! With the press of a button, you're greeted with "SYNC – Please say a command" at which point, you can say "Play artist: Brittany Spears" and let the shenanigans ensue.

Other upgrades include longer leaf springs for a smoother ride, optional tailgate step (aka "Man Step"), and an available 6-speed automatic transmission. The dated 4.2L “Essex” V6 was dropped, and a 3-valve variant of the 4.6L was available. For 2010, the F150 received larger brakes, and the 6.2L V8 was introduced in limited numbers for the F150 Raptor. But the best changes were saved for 2011 when Ford threw out the old engines in favor of newer, more powerful, and even more efficient designs.

Available engines

  • 3.5L EcoBoost V6 (2011-2014)
  • 3.7L V6 (2011-2014)
  • 4.6L 2-valve V8 (2009-2010)
  • 4.6L 3-valve V8 (2009-2010)
  • 5.0L V8 (2011-2014)
  • 5.4L V8 (2009-2010)
  • 6.2L V8 (2010-2014)

Other notable changes include cab and bed configurations. Regular cabs replaced the four door design for two larger doors. 2009 was the last year you could get an F150 (or any full-size truck) with the sporty Flareside box. Sadly, a manual transmission was no longer available.

2004 - 2008 Ford F150

Not wanting to let their best-seller wither on the proverbial vine, Ford released an all-new F150 for 2004. Utilizing a fully-boxed frame, rack and pinion steering, and a coil over shock front suspension helped to make this truck more "Ford Tough" than ever. You could take use your truck to haul groceries, tow up to 11,000 pounds, and everything in between!

Improvement under the hood was limited to the 5.4L V8, which now utilized three valves per cylinder for increased power and efficiency. The 4.2L V6 was dropped in 2004, then revived in 2005 by popular demand. The V6 was the only engine available with a manual transmission.

Available engines

  • 4.2L V6 (2005-2008)
  • 4.6L V8
  • 5.4L V8

Bed and cab options were slightly modified for this generation. Regular cab models now featured four doors (two full-size, two suicide) for easy access behind the seats. SuperCab models were now available with a choice of 5'6", 6'6", and 8' lengths. Beginning in 2006, SuperCrew models had a choice of 5'6" or 6'6". A  Flareside option remained for the 6'6" bed.

1997 - 2004 Ford F150

Back in 1996, Dolly the sheep was touting how awesome cloning could be. Meanwhile, Ford designers were showed that being different was better! With the launch of the radically new F150, Ford followed Dodge's lead in showing how trucks no longer had to be rolling bricks.
Replacing Ford's aging engines (with roots in the 1960's) was a lineup of 3 all-new engine options.

Available engines

  • 4.2L V6
  • 4.6L "Triton" V8
  • 5.4L "Triton" V8

Initially offered with a regular or extended cab (SuperCab), the 2001 model year would introduce a crew cab to the ½-ton truck market known as the "SuperCrew". Featuring four full-size doors, parents could take their kids to soccer and tow a large boat without switching vehicles. The regular cab and SuperCab models were still available with either a 6'6" or 8' bed, but the SuperCrew model was limited to a 5'6" bed. As with the previous generation, the 6'6" bed was available as a Flareside or Styleside (standard) box.

Performance enthusiast would be rewarded for 1999 with the return of the F150 Lightning. Sporting a supercharged 5.4L V8, lowered stance, and racing seats, this model dominated the street truck scene.
For the 2004 model year, this generation was produced concurrently with the next generation F150. To differentiate the two generations, Ford refers to the outgoing model as "Heritage".


1992 - 1996 Ford F150

Around the time that the Soviet Union dissolved, officially ending the Cold War, it was a perfect time for America to release the next generation of its best-seller!

For this generation, the sporty Flareside bed would make a triumphant return. Engine, cab, and bed options remain the same as the previous generation, with the exception of a high-output 5.8L V8 available in the 1993-1995 F150 Lightning.


1987 - 1991 Ford F150

The 1987 F150 brought a more streamlined appearance, and introduced more advanced engine options. 1987 would be the last year you could get a carbureted engine in your F150, as fuel-injection was dominating the industry by the late 80's. Remember having to pump the gas pedal to start your truck? Flooding an engine? Vapor lock?! Thankfully those days are gone.

Available engines

  • 4.9L L6 (300cid) EFI
  • 5.0L V8 (302cid) EFI
  • 5.8L V8 (351cid) 4-bbl. In 1987, EFI 1988+

This generation was available with a regular cab, or an extended cab (SuperCab). Either could be paired with a 6'6" short bed or an 8' long bed. 1987 would be the only year that Ford's Flareside bed would be available. You could have your 1988-1991 bed any way you want it, as long as it's a Styleside (standard) bed.